The 70,000 children taught at America’s military schools learn about gender identity, racial bias and other contentious topics that alarm many parents — and the Pentagon is covering it up, a report says. Researchers at OpenTheBooks.com, a conservative watchdog, say Department of Defense educators are ‘forcing woke extremism’ on the kids of serving military families at schools on bases around the world.
Lessons include ‘gender expression’ for four-year-olds, secret chat rooms where students discuss ‘sexuality and gender’ without their parents knowing, and ‘racial bias’ classes that leave youngsters sobbing, says the group. CEO and founder Adam Andrzejewski says Pentagon education chiefs have ‘buried’ lessons on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) content ‘into the core infrastructure of the public schools’ in the US and on military bases overseas. Worse still, he says, is that it goes all the way to the top.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his education chief Tom Brady have overseen the redaction of documents to conceal their contentious curriculum, he says. ‘We oftentimes face an agency that’s doing more than stonewalling,’ Andrzejewski said. ‘They’re out-and-out rejecting basic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.’ What’s taught in classrooms has become a hot-button issue in America’s culture wars.
Many parents — conservative and otherwise — say DEI hardliners are forcing their ideas into classrooms, which encourage children to question their own gender identity, or feel guilty and unnecessarily critical of being white. The military’s education wing operates 160 schools across seven states, two territories and 11 foreign countries. Its annual $3.2 billion budget educates more than 66,000 students and pays the salaries of 80,000 educators.
It has been rocked by scandals in the past. Its DEI unit was disbanded last year under pressure from Republican lawmakers amid allegations that its then-director, Kelisa Wing, made anti-white posts on social media. But according to Andrzejewski, the department only went underground and the work continued. ‘The radical curriculum was not dismantled,’ says the group’s report.
‘Instead, it was stealthily embedded into the lesson plans and classrooms throughout the entire school system.’ Through third-party vendors and DEI consultants, Pentagon education chiefs are ‘spending millions of taxpayer dollars on objectionable content for school children,’ says the report. Pentagon-run schools are engaging four-year-olds in conversations about ‘gender expression’ and other ‘LGBTQ+’ ideas, it is claimed.
They run chat rooms where students talk to teachers about sexuality and gender without their parents’ knowledge. Classroom materials include the notorious ‘Wheel of Power/Privilege.’ The widely-shared diagram presents the world as divided between the ‘marginalized’ and the ‘powerful,’ with slim, educated, English-speaking, straight white people at the top. Students also learn about ‘racial bias,’ ‘systemic racism,’ ‘privilege,’ and other ideas aligned to the Black Lives Matter movement.
A handbook warns teachers that ‘explicit conversations’ about race can provoke ‘strong emotions’ and leave students in tears. Many parents support efforts to tackle deep-rooted racism. Others say America has worked hard to achieve equality and that zealots just want to make white people feel guilty as a type of ‘reverse racism.’ Andrzejewski says he’s requested information about the Pentagon’s DEI staffers and salaries, including through FOIA requests, but has hit a brick wall. Officials have redacted documents, deleted public access links, and pulled down online videos, he says.
He accuses Austin, his former deputy Gil Cisneros, Brady, and others of trying to conceal the ongoing rollout of controversial content and lessons at military schools. ‘Heads must roll, and the agency must provide full transparency of teaching methods and its DEI-related policy operations,’ says the report. The Pentagon did not answer DailyMail.com’s requests for comment. Andrzejewski’s report includes a comment from the Pentagon’s education wing. It says they follow all relevant laws, but did not directly address the concerns made by the researchers.
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